I want to start by saying that while I will reference some books, I don’t intend to discuss them in detail to avoid spoiling anything for those who haven’t read them yet. I will talk about the ending of Halo 5 so if spoiling that story matters to you read no further.
With Halo 5 ending on particularly high stakes I had been curious as to how 343 would end the second trilogy of the series. or even approach doing anything with the odds they had set for that matter. thankfully I was already in the habit of reading most of the books so I knew I wouldn’t go the entire development time without any halo lore. Sure enough “Bad Blood” came out and is set post Halo 5, filling in some details. “Shadows of Reach” was also released closer to Infinites original release date and is also set after the events of Halo 5 (I still think the cover art was a nifty call back). While both books take place in between the last game and the upcoming one, neither have any hint at how we get from Cortana setting out impose her peace on the galaxy with her collection of guardians and Chief and Co. on an a shield world, to Chief being found floating in space near another Halo installation with talks of “we lost” and the biggest threat seeming to be the banished…
Now I was convinced I had missed or forgotten something. So I went back, reread the end of Shadows of Reach, nothing there. I spent a couple hours going over the wiki (halopedia specifically) and the closest I could come up with for any explanation at all was a reference to the this months issue of game informer. I haven’t read the issue in question so I cant say how detailed or if any actual explanation is there at all.
So that leaves the question. Does Halo Infinite start with what the teasers show? or will the intro somehow cover, what seems to me, a huge change in direction. I recognize this is speculation, and I’m both asking if someone is familiar with a lore source that bridges my gap in knowledge I’m unfamiliar with and curious of what anyone else thinks on the matter. Most Halo fans I know aren’t like me. They don’t read any of the books, they didn’t obsess over “Hunt the Truth” (or listen to 3 seconds of it despite my ranting), or play anything other than the mainline shooters.
Which leads to another issue I’ve been puzzling over. I hate RTS’. I’m really bad at every one I’ve tried and just cant seem to enjoy any of them. Despite my attempts to force myself through Halo Wars, I’ve never managed to get very far. But since I read the books I at least know who the Banished are. For the player base who only stick to the mainline entries and don’t read the books, the banished will be an entirely new faction and threat. How can they even be introduced and presented as a threat when Cortana just activated many guardians, each capable of pacifying a solar system.
I’d love to hear peoples thoughts, and like I said most of what we can do is speculate. In less than a month the answers will be available but I cant sit on my hands and wait